Heckel, Édouard Marie
|born on||24 March 1843 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )|
|Place||Toulon, France, 43n07, 5e56|
|Timezone||LMT m5e56 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||02°45' 15°35 Asc. 22°45'|
French botanist and medical doctor, and director of the Jardin botanique E.M. Heckel in Marseille.
Heckel studied pharmacy and medicine, and in 1861 visited the Caribbean and Australia. In 1875, he was appointed professor in the faculty of sciences at Marseille, and in 1877 professor of medicine. He became a professor of natural history in Nancy in 1878.
From 1885, Heckel turned to the study of tropical plants such as medicinal or industrial oilseeds. In 1893 he founded the Colonial Institute and Museum of Marseille and created a tropical pathology professorship at the medical school.
In 1901 he launched the idea of creating an exhibition devoted exclusively to French colonies. This project would be supported by Jules Charles-Roux, who would become the Commissioner General while Heckel was his deputy. The exhibition was held at Parc Chanot in Marseille and was a great success from its opening on 14 April 1906 to its closure on 18 November 1906.
In 1887 he won the Prix Barbier from the French Academy of Sciences.
He died on 20 January 1916, aged 72.
Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate (acte n° 482) from the online Var archives. No info in margin.
- Vocation : Medical : Physician
- Vocation : Science : Biology (Botanist)
- Notable : Awards : Vocational award ("Prix Barbier")